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Busy Weekend at Mt. Brighton

BRIGHTON, Mich. (WLNS) -- This week's snow storm created a much needed boost in business for local winter sports locations.

It's been non-stop at Mt. Brighton Ski Resort since 9 a.m. Saturday.

"It's been great. the phones have been ringing off the hook," said operations manager Rob Bruhn.

He tells 6 News Saturday is on track to be one of the best Saturdays of the season.

The great conditions and a good crowd allowed the resort to open all six of its lifts. "This is the first weekend this year we've had all six lifts going. With all the fresh snow, it's enabled us to get the whole mountain operating."

An estimated 2,000 skiers and snowboarders packed the slopes throughout the day management expected more throughout the night.

The large crowd surprised some customers like Soorim Yoo. "There's never really that many people around," said Yoo. "We couldn't even park in the spots, so we ended up parking way back."

"The skiing conditions are fantastic tonight, it's not too cold, not too windy, the snow is great," said skier Melinda Mooradian.

The hill won't close until 2:00 am Sunday which is how long some plan to stay like Yoo.

"I hear it's supposed to get warm tomorrow, so we don't really want to miss out. We're going to get as much done as we can," he said.

It's that kind of spirit has Bruhn in a good mood. "Last year was probably the worst in 50 years for us. Not just here, but all over the country, so when we get snow storms like this and have weekends like this, it brings a smile to everyone's face," said Bruhn.

He added that this weekend's ticket sales will help make up for the slow start to the season caused by the mild winter conditions, but it won't erase their deficit completely.

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